Liverpool won 7-1 but still need new, younger players according to Ferdinand and Owen

Liverpool desperately need new players as most of their star players are in their 30s, according to Michael Owen, while fellow BT pundit Rio Ferdinand says new blood is needed.

The Reds beat a compliant Rangers 7-1 on Wednesday night with 31-year-old Roberto Firmino the star turn with two goals before the 30-year-old Mo Salah came off the bench to score a quickfire hat-trick.

Liverpool did start the 19-year-old Harvey Elliott and 20-year-old Fabio Carvalho but that seems to have been lost on Owen.

He said: “The worry for Liverpool is a lot of their best players are their older ones.

“The van Dijks, the Salahs, Henderson, Fabinho, they’re players that are 30 or approaching 30 or in Henderson’s case well into their thirties. So they’re the ones they’ve got to worry about.”

Owen added after the game that Firmino – who has scored eight goals this season – must start against Manchester City, saying: “I can’t imagine he’s not playing.

“He’s had such a good season and is in such good form that I don’t think Jurgen Klopp can leave him out at the weekend.”

Ferdinand agreed that Liverpool need new signings after a disastrous start to the season has seen them languish in 10th, a massive 14 points behind Premier League leaders Arsenal.

Liverpool also have a mid-table net spend over the last five years despite strengthening their squad by buying Darwin Nunez this summer.

“They don’t go out and play scattergun games in the transfer market and I think they need to stick by that,” said Ferdinand.

“But they do need to bring in new players. I think Mane’s been a big loss. At the moment it’s not going the way they wanted it to but I think in time it may catch up.”

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Jurgen Klopp believes Liverpool’s thrashing of Rangers at Ibrox instantly changed the mood around the club ahead of their clash with Manchester City on Sunday.

Klopp spoke about a “freak” result but a “special” hat-trick for Salah as he welcomed the confidence boost.

He said: “It is a night where things worked for us. It has changed the mood definitely. We usually drink a beer after away games and it is that long ago since I had one I will probably get drunk after one. It has changed the mood completely. That is good.

“But we all know who we welcome on Sunday. Different game, we know that, but it’s better to go into it with this feeling from tonight than any other. We don’t have to make a big thing of it, the best football team in the world right now is coming to Anfield.

“Meeting us in the wrong moment was not cool for Rangers. I know you will be saying there was a breakdown but it wasn’t easy to defend against us in the second half.”

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